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Occasionally the cost of a repair can approach or potentially even exceed the financial value of the item being repaired. If I feel that this will happen, I will contact you to discuss how we may proceed.

Some items may hold a special sentimental value that can't be expressed in financial terms. I'm quite sensitive to that and will do everything I can to help and keep costs realistic.

I'm sorry but normally, I don't repair HiFi.

HiFi is rarely repaired down to the level (component level) that I'm used to and that the EMI (electronic musical instrument) market expects. Normally of modular design, HiFi repairs often involve whole subsystems being swapped out. Unfortunately, manufacturers and distributors of consumer electronics, don't keep spare parts in stock for too long, as they used to. Hence, procuring parts is usually a nightmare.

At 60 GBP plus VAT per hour, it's too expensive for me to fix HiFi systems down to component level.

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS... My valve experience often tempts owners of high-end valve equipment to contact me. Manufacturers and distributors of high-end HiFi, tend to stand by their products and acquiring technical literature for example, is much easier then trying to do the same with manufacturers and distributors of more popular consumer electronics. At the end of the day, if I'm able to get appropriate support on a product, I'm usually to at least have a look at it.

The whole process can take half a day but I don't think it's appropriate to charge for all of that. My charge for a straight-forward clean is just for two to three hours of my time; between 120 and 180 GBP plus VAT, assuming that no parts are required, of course.

Okay, so I never fix 'one' key, as a single key going down, is indicative of an excessive accumulation of dust and other airborne contaminants on the key-bed. I therefore, always service the entire keyboard.

Stripping a keyboard, cleaning the keyboard contact PCB, cleaning the keyboard contact PCB carbon contacts and cleaning the carbon nipples inside the rubber bubble strips is extremely time consuming. For a 61-note keyboard, the process can take between two to three hours. Then, the keyboard needs to be dried out and reassembled.

The process is less involved on keyboards that use copper spring contacts but in other ways, they're a lot more fussy, requiring precision alignment, for example.

Honest... it's worth it in the long run. If not done properly, then you're only going to be back in a few months because another key has died!

Occasionally this happens. Perhaps I'm unable to acquire appropriate technical literature. Perhaps I'm unable to procure parts or perhaps the repair isn't cost-effective. In such circumstances, I'll contact you and advise accordingly.

I may however, still charge between 30 GBP and 60 GBP plus VAT for the time it's taken to provide you with that information.

The reason that my 'non-repair' charge isn't a fixed figure, is that some machines simply take longer to open up and fault-find than others.

Firstly, anything I service or repair for the UK market, carries a statutory 12-month warranty. THAT IS THE LAW. I actually don’t think that’s good enough. Indeed, I stand by my service and with my customers!!!

Secondly, items are tested prior to being returned to customers. If collected, I'm quite happy for customers to check their equipment when they arrive.

I've been doing this since 1985. I love what I do, the environment I work in and my customers mean everything to me. Quite honestly, if you have an issue with any work I’ve done for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch so that we can sort it all out.

It doesn't matter if you live in my road or on the other side of the planet. It doesn't matter if you paid for a service or repair yesterday or five years ago. And it doesn't matter if you spent 20 GBP or 2000 GBP. What matters are virtues like trust, honesty, integrity and confidence. These things are as important to me as much as they are to you.

I used to but not anymore, I'm afraid.

Not knowing what's causing the problem with gear that might be at a client's premises, I may need to visit more than once and travelling costs can build up.

If I need to dismantle an instrument to diagnose a problem and then I need to come back with spare parts to fix it, for example, I don't feel it appropriate to leave things in a mess at the client's premises. That means I need to reassemble things, only to potentially take them all apart again on my return visit.

It's a long-winded process and one which I don't feel is cost-effective for the customer. I therefore urge customers to bring their gear to me.

You're more than welcome to contact me via any means available here although my preferred method is e-mail.

If you are not in the UK but would like to talk, I'm very happy to take WhatsApp calls on +44 7786 265053. Just message me  first so that we can arrange a mutually convenient time.

And of course, Plasma Music Limited also has a Facebook page.